Israel frees four hostages from Hamas in daring rescue

Rescue occurs as U.S. pushes for ceasefire and release of all hostages
L: Eliya Hilel, R: Diego Shvisha Harsaj

The Israeli military freed four hostages taken captive by Hamas in daring rescue operations Saturday in the Gaza Strip that were conducted in the shadows of a pressure campaign by the United States to force a ceasefire. 

Officials said three males and a female who had been taken captive during the attack on the Nova Music festival on Oct. 7 were rescued and taken to hospitals for treatment.

Officials identified those rescued as Noa Argamani, 25, Almog Meir Jan, 21, Andrey Kozlov, 27, and Shlomi Ziv, 40,

All were reported in good medical condition.

Hamas took about 250 hostages during its terrorist attack on Oct. 7, and about half were released during a November cease-fire.

Saturday’s operation was the largest rescue since the war began.

Officials said Saturday’s hostages were freed in daytime raids at two separate locations in a Nuseirat refugee camp.